‘Let’s Renew My Contract’- Thiago Santos Calls Out Dana White After Decision Win Over Johnny Walker

Published 10/02/2021, 10:24 PM EDT


UFC light heavyweight Thiago Santos spoke to Daniel Cormier after his UFC Vegas 38 main event victory over Johnny Walker. ‘Marreta’ came out with full force in round 5 and landed the better shots to ensure he picked up the win. In turn, Walker failed to capitalize on the momentum he had during certain points in the contest against Santos.

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Chiefly, some fans were disappointed with the pace of the bout as many fans expected a more violent showdown. However, both men were wary of the power that the other man possessed, thus leading to a stand-off. With the win, Santos snapped a three-fight skid and will be keen to return back into the pool of contention.

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Thiago Santos- ‘Give me a little more money’

In his post-fight interview, Santos spoke about the difficulties that came with preparing for an unorthodox fighter like Johnny Walker. Furthermore, he expressed his gratitude to his gym and to the UFC before asking for a contract renewal. Coming off three straight losses, it was paramount that Santos picked up the win tonight.

“It was so hard to train for him. He’s unpredictable, you know, so hard to train for him. I train so hard. Two weeks before, I cut here my face, my partner throw elbow but I train hard. I try to knock him out but it’s hard to be close to him. He big but he move fast, it’s danger. I try to do my best and yeah, I want to say thank you so much.”

“Thank you god, thank you American Too Team, my coach. Dan Lambert, thank you so much for helping my family, you know what I mean. Thank you UFC. Hey, Dana, let’s renew my contract please it’s my last fight, let’s renew and give me a little more money please.”

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It remains to be seen if Santos’ conservative approach to the fight will earn him any favors with the UFC boss. Dana White has traditionally not been particularly receptive towards main event bouts that don’t deliver on fast-paced action. However, Santos has delivered for the company on many occasions and will be a staple on the roster.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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